Our Planet Has a New ‘Moon’ That Will Be Orbiting Us for Over 1,000 Years

Our Planet Has a New ‘Moon’ That Will Be Orbiting Us for Over 1,000 Years

While ‘gas giants’ from our Solar System, such as Saturn and Jupiter, have dozens of natural satellites, our Earth hasn’t been that lucky. Our planet has a single Moon, or at least that’s what we thought. Another space rock is in our planet’s orbit and will remain there for about 1,500 years.

Tony Dunn, an amateur astronomer, informs that the newly-discovered asteroid 2023 FW13 plays just about the same role as our Moon does: it revolves around our planet and will keep doing so for plenty of time.

Adrien Coffinet, who has a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics, is the scientist who noticed the strange trajectory of the asteroid in question around our planet. 

Astronomers had to use the Pan-STARRS telescope from the top of the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii, in order to discover the 2023 FW13 asteroid, according to Daily Mail.

The Solar System has a total of over 200 known moons. Jupiter is the planet holding the record for having the most moons. The gas giant has a staggering number of 79 confirmed moons. Some of the notable moons of Jupiter include Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, which are together known as the Galilean moons. These moons exhibit diverse characteristics and have been the subject of scientific study and exploration. Astronomers even suspect that alien life could exist in primitive forms on some of those natural satellites.

As for the Moon, our only official natural satellite, it has captivated human fascination for centuries. The space object is located roughly 384,400 kilometers away. It has a diameter of about 3,474 kilometers, making it the fifth-largest moon in the Solar System.

The surface of our Moon is covered in impact craters, basins, mountains, and vast plains called maria, created by ancient volcanic activity. The Moon lacks an atmosphere and experiences extreme temperature variations. In other words, there’s no use considering moving there.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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